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10/13/2018 - 5:06pm That's a good question. I…

That's a good question. I spend a decent amount of time at a site owned by Space Coyote (@SpaceCoyoteBDS on Twitter). He's eons past my level of scheme and concept knowledge. For pass route combinations, check here -

10/13/2018 - 5:03pm Definitely a good suggestion…

Definitely a good suggestion - most of my time usually goes towards exporting the video, tuning my descriptions to be <2:20 in length per play (the limit per video on Twitter). So, by the time I'm actually ready to record, it's usually pretty late at nights after work, so I'm generally a bit tuckered out.

Proper delivery is absolutely important, though, and you're right, need to improve there.

10/12/2018 - 8:15pm Ahhh shucks, meant Episode 6…

Ahhh shucks, meant Episode 6.2. Mods? Edit?

09/28/2018 - 1:16pm I'll agree with this in a…

I'll agree with this in a heartbeat. Bloomington is a beautiful little town. I loved the layout of the city with the campus and the architecture was incredible. Could not recommend going there for an away game enough.

Also never go to Purdue - felt like a strip mall.

09/21/2018 - 6:05pm I'm planning on possibly…

I'm planning on possibly doing a live-stream tonight for defensive plays - time will tell, though. I try to keep myself away from the UFRs so as to not sway what I'm seeing vs. what Brian sees. After I post I generally go back to see the similarities / differences.

Usually the plays are relatively straight-forward, so we don't disagree on much. Sometimes there's a difference on who we think is at fault for a blitz pick-up or a bad route, etc.

An example, the pick from Patterson to McKeon seems like 75% on McKeon to me, since he clearly stops on his way back to the ball, allowing the DB to make a play. Brian gave way more of the fault on Patterson. So, minor things like that are common.

09/16/2018 - 10:20pm As others have said, zone…

As others have said, zone helps combat the rub route. It's frustrating that almost every 3rd down / 4th down pickup from SMU was either a rub route, slant from the slot, or a DPI. All of those could be mitigated from a zone. Now, zone opens up the playbook in other regards, but in 3rd and short, with an aggressive M2M scheme, the rub route is an excellent play to go with. Bit of variety in those scenarios would go a long way.

09/15/2018 - 9:52am Aaaand of course I forgot to…

Aaaand of course I forgot to embed the video. Here it is:

09/15/2018 - 2:33am Ah, got it. Will be posting…

Ah, got it. Will be posting these there from now on. Thanks!

09/14/2018 - 11:10pm I'm sure I'm missing…

I'm sure I'm missing something -- what warrants something being a Diary vs. a Message Board post? Is it since the content is more of a regular series that I'm doing and more "informative" rather than "news"?

09/07/2018 - 4:09pm Thank you! Terminology /…

Thank you! Terminology / concepts are something I definitely need to work on. SpaceCoyote's website is phenomenal for learning that aspect. Feel confident in identifying what the players are trying to do but sometimes I'm questioning whether the play design / concept asks them to do it.

Agree on the RPS aspect of plays and being more explicit with that aspect. Sometimes there's nothing an offense can do with the right defensive call, and vice versa.

09/07/2018 - 12:37pm I would argue it's more on…

EDIT - Listen to Space Coyote, he knows way more about run concepts than I do :)

09/06/2018 - 3:05pm Yep, definitely bound to be…

Yep, definitely bound to be incorrect on some of my analysis. Hopefully I'll be able to get some feedback from Space Coyote on some of the ones I'm not 100% on.

Glad you like it!

09/06/2018 - 1:14pm Yep - definitely.

Yep - definitely.

09/06/2018 - 1:14pm Definitely DPI, missed this…
  1. Definitely DPI, missed this one.
  2. Space Coyote pointed out that this was on Ruiz. He helped Onwenu too much, which got himself out of position for his main assignment, which was the LB blitzing his gap. Higdon actually does a great job redirecting here, as this wasn't his initial assignment (the left side of the line was)
  3. No idea what Ruiz was doing. As you said, if he takes Runyan's man it gives Patterson a chance. Never giving up that chase is mind-boggling.
09/06/2018 - 1:07pm Definitely am not against…

Definitely am not against covering successful plays. I usually tend to focus on plays that "define" the game. In this case, it was mainly offensive line struggles and a couple huge plays the defense gave up.

Hopefully next week I'll focus mainly on successful plays.

09/06/2018 - 12:31pm Note that this is just my …

Note that this is just my "common sense" analysis: It does depend on the scheme, but rarely do I think a center would ever be tasked with crossing 2 of the other OL to follow the stunt. Seems almost impossible and unrealistic to ask that of him. At some point he needs to pass him off.

09/06/2018 - 12:09pm Have been discussing this…

Have been discussing this with Space Coyote on Twitter. I put the fault mainly on Higdon but really it's Ruiz's assignment. He helped Onwenu for too long and didn't get enough of the blitzing LB. A tough ask of a center, but he was caught out of position.

08/02/2018 - 7:09pm Oliver Martin and Shea…

Oliver Martin and Shea Patterson both with #2? Martin not gonna see the field or what?

07/09/2018 - 6:31pm Will be making the drive…

Will be making the drive from Chicago to Mullett Lake all the way up in Cheboygan County, Michigan. The lady's family has a couple houses on the lake and it's absolutely beautiful. Did it last year for the Florida game - we rolled in about 20 deep to the local bar on the lake and sang "The Victors" on the mile-long trail walk back to the cabin. Heaven.

04/28/2018 - 1:01pm Take ENG 101 as early as you

Take ENG 101 as early as you can and stretch to take EECS 280 as early as possible. From there, barrel the fuck through EECS 281 and the world is your oyster. The real value in the degree IS 281, but you can explore your specific interests in the CS world after 281.

It sucks, but start early on every project, find some friends to bounce stuff off of, you'll be fine.

04/19/2018 - 12:33pm Ahhh right by the Side Street

Ahhh right by the Side Street Saloon. Fantastic little bar.

04/19/2018 - 12:05pm Do you live in my

Do you live in my apartment? Intersection of Wolfram & Southport right here.

04/13/2018 - 2:18pm (No subject)

03/30/2018 - 3:07pm Yeah, apologies - the title

Yeah, apologies - the title didn't mean to be deep or anything - I just usually try to edit to the song and didn't think up of another one.

03/23/2018 - 2:41pm Son of a bitch time to move

Son of a bitch...time to move to LA I guess. You're a good dude, wish I could do it man.

03/23/2018 - 2:08pm My bet is the guy who

My bet is the guy who uploaded the Montana & Houston games is already on it and will post it here when complete. I've been looking everywhere for other games and they simply don't exist except when he posted. Sucks how much they've clamped down on it this year.

03/21/2018 - 3:44pm If I can get 37 year old

If I can get 37 year old dudes to say "Dope" my work here is done :)

Don't do it professionally, have done a couple projects here and there for a little cash, but I plan to keep this a hobby. I do spend a very high percentage of my free-time doing this kind of stuff, though.

03/21/2018 - 2:31pm Yep, that's great advice. I

Yep, that's great advice. I find that I have those best "something isn't just quite right" moments after stepping away for like 15 minutes or so. After watching the same stuff over and over, I always fall into the trap of getting used to how I set up a transition, audio levels, etc.

Obviously the viewer is going in blind, and to replicate their experience, have to do your best to try to view it with "fresh eyes" so to speak. Thanks again for the great tips.

03/21/2018 - 2:03pm As far as the announcer

As far as the announcer audio, I wanted to highlight the music audio since I thought the lyrics in this one were especially fitting. Finding the balance of being able to understand both lyrics and announcers without overwhelming the viewer is something I find extremely difficult. Totally understand how it can be frustrating and distracting if you're trying to listen to the announcers.

Agreed on intro - I cut off the first 30 seconds of the song, and decided to roll with the entire second half of the verse for two main reasons: 1) wanted to include all of Michigan's missed chances at the end of the game, 2) build up more time to the first "I'm a survivor". I guess you could call it a trade-off, but definitely agree it's on the lengthy side.

The color isolation was a bit tricky for some clips. Could have used a matte to better isolate the colors to just the player, but my After Effects was being wonky yesterday.

Thank you, garde, for weighing in here. Excellent criticisms and fantastic advice. I love when people approach it from a technical aspect and can enjoy those parts of the video as well.

03/21/2018 - 12:31pm Better embed for the board?

Never mind, post is updated. Enjoy everyone! Let me know what ya think.

03/20/2018 - 11:43am You're a hero, man.

You're a hero, man. Impossible to find ANY of these tournament games, let alone the Michigan ones.

03/12/2018 - 10:32pm Logic - Ballin

Logic - Ballin

03/05/2018 - 1:29pm Only issue I see with the

Only issue I see with the McPoyle tweet, should be:

"Pretty sure Matt McQuaid's parents are McPoyle's"

Gotta keep those bloodlines pure!

03/05/2018 - 10:56am I'm more offended for

I'm more offended for Simpson. I think Wagner was really valuable, but Michigan doesn't win this tournament without Simpson. His defensive efforts are somehow worth nothing to the Big Ten.

03/04/2018 - 9:26pm I literally said "What the

I literally said "What the fuck??" when it happened.

03/01/2018 - 7:16pm This is what I was looking at

This is what I was looking at too. MAAR touched the ball to stop it from rolling into the crowd, and I don't have a problem starting the count at the touch, but that fifth second was SHORT.

Overall, if you start an actual timer at the time of MAAR's touch, it's well over the 5 seconds, but the ref's count is what matters, so the last one being about twice as fast as the first 4 is quite annoying.

01/27/2018 - 9:04pm Pantaleo has been cold, as

Pantaleo has been cold, as well. Agree that Massa just doesn't look even close to the same he did before the injury. Guessing he's closer to 60% than 100% right now.

01/17/2018 - 4:01pm Ah - that'd do it. Thank you

Ah - that'd do it. Thank you for the info.

01/17/2018 - 3:03pm Sorry about that, let me try

Sorry about that, let me try to embed here in the comments:

EDIT - Yeah, twitter embeds no longer work I guess? Strange. Sorry guys.

12/23/2017 - 6:57pm This is why no one likes you, Toby. Go back to the

This is why no one likes you, Toby. Go back to the annex.

12/22/2017 - 11:01am Good point. +1

Good point. +1

12/22/2017 - 10:57am Interesting to see Barrett to

Interesting to see Barrett to GT. Seems like the staff pushed for him hard but then probably cooled off? Likely a lack of space or an academic thing?

I would take all the OTs I could get at this point.

12/01/2017 - 9:56am This is phenomenal.

This is phenomenal. Well-done.

11/21/2017 - 1:01pm The defense is young, but

The defense is young, but mainly in the secondary. Winovich, Gary, & Hurst all got a decent amount of time last year on the DL, as well as Bush and McCray and LB.

Having an elite DL and some experience at LB greatly mitigates the true youth of the defense in the secondary. Also, the CBs are elite, plain and simple.

On offense, it all revolves around the OL. You got a 5th year at center by default, Cole at OT playing out of position based on necessity alone. Bredeson and Onwenu show promise, just young. Ditto Ruiz. Options at RT are either not great or sushi raw. That comes down to a lack of depth thanks to the 2013 & 2014 classes. Michigan also missed on some big OL targets in 15 that could have mitigated that.

WR was a complete overhaul. It's rare to have a true freshman WR that is a solid contributer, and the only potential one for Michigan (Black) got hurt.

The TEs have been anywhere from solid to good, but they're only 2 guys.

RBs are great but behind the mentioned struggling OL.

2 QB injuries will limit your playbook as you're shifting the starting guy multiple times throughout the year. Plus, Speight and O'Korn weren't really performing on a high level overall.

Overall, the offense has a lack of able bodies on the OL and some key injuries to positions where Michigan couldn't afford them leaves no options to mitigate that damage.

11/10/2017 - 3:15pm Yep, eventually after each

Yep, eventually after each play, I was editing just like:

11/06/2017 - 7:43pm Greene (73) is also eligible

Greene (73) is also eligible to play the entire game next week.

11/06/2017 - 7:19pm Greene also being able to

Greene also being able to play next week is an absolute joke.

A guy throws two punches and gets the same punishment as a guy who approaches an opponent. Should Metellus have approached the guy? No. At most it should have been a 15 yard penalty for Metellus.

Here's the full replay of the fight, where you can clearly see 2 punches thrown by Greene and zero by Metellus.

11/06/2017 - 5:19pm Here's a video of all Spencer

Here's a video of all Spencer Tillman's idiotic criticisms of Kinnel / praises of Greene after the fight. Remember, guys, offensive tackles are people, too! (a thing he actually said)


11/05/2017 - 9:30am You're reading the first tiebreaker for 3+ teams

You're reading the first tiebreaker for 3+ teams incorrectly.

It is the overall record AGAINST the other tied teams.

Michigan needs to win out, MSU needs to lose 2 more, PSU needs to lose 1 more.

If Michigan is in ANY 3 or 4 way tie, they lose. It has to end with Michigan and OSU in a H2H if Michigan wants a shot.

11/04/2017 - 3:42pm I'm guessing the OL who's

I'm guessing the OL who's beat just yells. Could be a word for "watch your back", or it could just be a yell of warning.

O'Korn probably had an internal clock that randomly caused him to bug out.